Okay, easy child's puppy is about 8 months old. easy child is very bad at training and housebreaking her puppy. It has for the most part fallen to me. I am a busy woman, but I manage to stay on top of it. The puppy wants to be clean and wants to make us happy I believe. She 'goes' when we take her out most of the time, but will have an accident in the house if we're not careful of getting her out often. in my opinion, she should be confined to the kitchen when we're home with her, but easy child allows her to have run of the house, which means if she has to go and there is no one around she will pee or poop in the house. Aside from that problem, another problem is that when we're all gone off to work for the day, Puppy needs to be confined and away from the other two dogs. In the kitchen or easy child's bedroom would be fine, but I've now noticed that she apparently doesn't like this confinement and has been chewing on the bottom of the doors. Today, when I went home at lunch to take her out, there were wood shavings outside easy child's room on the floor. Yes, the little devil dog chewed and scraped (SCRAPED!!!) the bottom of the door with her little yorkie claws. There were big thick bands of wood/paint scraped off the back of the door! H had pointed out to me that she did the same thing just outside the bathroom door last week when I was in the shower! I crated both my cairn terriers - Todo dogs - as puppies and they were just fine. Turned out okay, no separation anxiety, well adjusted, etc. When they weren't in their crates as puppies they were confined to the kitchen with me while I made dinner or tied to the table to prevent them from 'going' on the floor until I could take them out again. easy child refuses to crate train this puppy. Claims that you simply cannot confine a Yorkie to a crate - that is will cause all sorts of social problems and anxiety for the pup. Now, granted it's true that when she's confined she does tend to squawk a bit, but eventually she settles down. H has told me that when he's working out in the yard and I leave she carries on for about 10 minutes and then is fine till I return. Today, after discovering her destruction, I went to the basement and pulled up one of my old crates - that is quite roomy for a Yorkie - and set it up for her. She's in it now, I am back at work. She was carrying on when I left, but I threw in some favorite toys, a new bone and her little favorite sleepy blanket. I just searched on line and one site said not to crate train a yorkie (use confinement to a room instead) and another site said it was fine to crate train any and all breeds. Anyone have particular experience with training a Yorkie??? My feeling is that it is MY house and not easy child's and since she's not trying very hard to train this puppy, but it lives in MY house, the pup should be trained according to what style suits me until easy child can prove another method will work. What do you think? Incidentally, the puppy sleeps with me also, since I'm the one who is it's primary caretaker and she knows it. easy child will take the pup in her room and within10 minutes the pup is back in our room. I feel like because it's work, easy child can't be bothered. But if this puppy is allowed to do whatever, whenever, however, she will be the worlds most obnoxious dog, living in MY house.